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Spiritual Unity of the Tribes
Gathering of Eagles

For the Reunification of all people.
Everything is sacred.

Bringing people together through ceremony & sharing.

The Gathering of Eagles is canceled this year

Dear Gathering Family,
It is with great sadness that we write to tell you that the SUT Gathering of Eagles that we have been planning for June is being delayed for another year. It has been determined by our hosts that the risk of a wildfire is too great for them to allow our Sacred Fire at Drala Mountain Center. So the Gathering Committee is looking for a location for next year where our Sacred Fire can be in a safer place.

If you have made donations for your meals and accommodations, we will send you a refund by PayPal or check, depending on how you made the payment. If you gave us a general donation, we will refund that, as well. If you would like to leave your donation in the Credit Union account for now, just let us know and we can hold it for the next SUT Gathering of Eagles.

We are looking for a Gathering location for next year, and have a couple of options already. If you are aware of land that would be a good possibility for us next year or in the near future, please let us know.

We are so sorry that this decision has just now been made by Drala Mountain Center and for the inconvenience that it is causing everyone with flight arrangements, travel and vacation plans. We had been looking forward to having you here to pray with us, and are very sad for this loss. With love and blessings

~ Mary Ellen and Clay Uptain for the SUT Gathering of Eagles Committee


For thousands of years, Elders, Grandmothers and Medicine men and women across our planet have known that someday all races would be reunited and would bring healing to our Mother Earth.
Indigenous peoples who retained a spiritual way of life would teach their brothers and sisters all over the planet how to renew these ways and live in humility, having respect for all, and a sense of oneness with each other and their Creator.

Activities Include 
Honoring the Elders | Listening to Speakers | Talking Stick Circles | Purification Lodges | Cross-Cultural Teachings | Music and Storytelling | Traditional Singing and Dancing | Youth Activities | Spiritual Healing for Mother Earth

Clay & Mary Ellen Uptain

Contact us

Mary Ellen and Clay Uptain
Loveland, Colorado

Cell Phone: +1 (605) 341-0724

Creating a Loving and Unifying Atmosphere

The Gatherings are peaceful in nature, founded upon the very principles which are imparted to all who gather together.

While the Gatherings do not presume to be an answer in and of themselves, each is a prototype and hope for the future, creating a loving and unifying atmosphere as standard. The spiritual compassion, tolerance and equality that have been understood by Native peoples for generations are the foundation of the Gatherings. They have the feeling of a family camp-out and lasting friendships develop among participants who come from all over the world.

No registration fee is charged, but donations are welcome.

The Gatherings encourage sharing from all who attend, through a prayer, story, song, teaching, etc. Each person is important to the whole and all share around a ceremonial fire. 

Elders have been the guiding influence in previous Gatherings and they have instructed that the Grandmothers should speak. The Grandmothers are asked to come forth and once again share their wisdom and knowledge of the ways, language, and philosophies they have learned for the benefit of all Nations of the Human.

The Spiritual Unity of Tribes Gathering of Eagles is an opportunity for the people of all Nations to rediscover how to live on Mother Earth and with All Our Relations.

Unity is our goal. Now is the time. 


In 1950, Grandfather Black Elk returned to pray on Harney Peak, now renamed Black Elk Peak, at the site of his early vision: 

“Here at the center of the world, where you took me when I was young and taught me; here, old, I stand, and the tree is withered, Grandfather, my Grandfather! 

Again, perhaps for the last time on this earth, I recall the great vision you sent me. It may be that some root of the Sacred Tree still lives. Nourish it then, that it may leaf and bloom and fill with singing birds! Hear me, that they may once again go back to the Sacred Hoop, and the good red road, the shielding tree. 

In sorrow, I am sending a feeble voice, O six powers of the world. Hear me in my sorrow, for I may never call again. O make my people live!

The Gatherings Respond

We, members of the Steering Committee of Spiritual Unity of the Tribes Gatherings, and all who have participated and will participate in the Gatherings, coming together in the heart of Love, pray that Black Elk’s vision is being fulfilled - that in joining together we make “one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight,” and in that Heart Center will grow “one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father,” and that it will be holy.

The Gathering is a living prayer. 
When Spiritual Unity of the Tribes was established, six prejudices needing to be addressed were identified.
They are:
1. Leadership,
2. Racial,
3. National,
4. Economic,
5. Political, and
6. Religious.

Those who attended the previous Gatherings addressed these issues. The intent is to gain greater understanding of these prejudices and ways to turn them around.

Understanding will bring empowerment and the ability to advocate on behalf of all people for a better world.

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